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PHOENIX-The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have delayed a final report from the FAA on the safety issues related to a new $375-million football stadium just east of Sky Harbor Airport.

The FAA was supposed to issue its final report Oct. 8 regarding the Tempe stadium for the Arizona Cardinals, but has since granted a two-week extension for the public comment period. The federal agency, in charge of airline and airport safety, plans to issue its findings Oct. 22.

Earlier this year, the FAA said the stadium, which is to go up at the northeast corner of the Red Mountain section of Loop 202 and Priest Drive, is a possible hazard to pilots landing at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. The stadium is about two miles east of the runway.

Stadium developers, the Tourism and Sports Authority, sought to appease the FAA by moving the location of the stadium some 1,500 feet off the direct flight line. To accomplish the feat, the authority spent more than $20 million for a parcel adjacent to the stadium, where an apartment developer had just started building. As a result of the changes, the FAA agreed to study the changes that the authority made and were to conduct an on-site review Sept. 11.

Meanwhile, the authority has continued to move forward on the construction of the 73,000-seat, doomed stadium. A multi-million-dollar steel order was placed and construction crews turned loose on site preparation.

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